China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren Review

China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren

Hey there!

Ever since nail art made its way into pop culture, I have been on the lookout for brands like Seche, OPI and China Glaze. YouTube makeup gurus rave about these nail paints and I really wanted to try them too. But I was not willing to pay the exorbitantly marked up prices that most online portals claim in India.

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So I waited patiently for my bro or sis-in-law to make it to India. When I got to know that my sis-in-law will be coming to India in January, I squealed with joy and immediately sat down to research the products that I want to buy. And boy! I hauled stuff like a crazy person but atleast I am a happy nut. :p

The product I am now going to review is one of my “safer” China Glaze purchases, simply because of the color choice that is universally flattering.

Price: $4 (without shipping); 250INR

Quantity: 14 ml

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Claims: For over 13 years, China Glaze has exceeded the bar set by the professional nail care industry. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative colour lacquers and treatments. Our colours provide the perfect accent to any individual style. From our neon’s, to reds, corals, to shades of blue, our colours’ inspiration is found on the shores of Tahiti, the nightlife in New York City, and beauty within every woman. Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails. Need stronger, longer nails? Try our Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula. Want softer Cuticles? Check out our Orange Cuticle Oil. Looking to prevent chipping and peeling of your favourite colour? Our No Chip Top Coat is for you. For a flawless application every time, use our quality formulas with our optimized 440-strand brush. Nothing says the perfect nail like China Glaze. All China Glaze colours are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

Packaging: It comes in the classic China Glaze packaging. Big glass bottle with a matte black brush handle that feels sturdy but I am scared to drop it and find out if it actually is.

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My take on China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren:

First off, please excuse that black ring on my index fingernail it’s my Voter Mark that refuses to go. I have a feeling that my nail is permanently stained and I’ll need to let the mark grow out. *sigh*

Anyway nail mishaps set aside, this nail polish is a bit on the thin side. One coat gives you a streaky translucent coat that forms the base for the second coat of beautiful even colour. As I have come to learn, very few international nail paints are single coaters. This nail paint is no exception and requires atleast 2 coats or more for perfect even coverage.

The bottle houses an astronomic 14 ml, a whole lot more than one really requires. I don’t think I have ever finished an 8 ml bottle! :p

But nevertheless because of this colour being universally flattering, I don’t think finishing it would be an issue. The brush is suitably wide and requires 3 brush strokes to cover my entire nail bed. But do note that I have abnormally large hands and nails, so for normal humans 2 strokes would be enough. 😉

Because of the thin consistency, the chances of it becoming a thick goopy mess anytime before a year or two seems unlikely. Due to its thin consistency the coats dry within 2-3 minutes but it’s best to refrain from doing heavy lifting for atleast 10 minutes to allow the polish to set completely.

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Pros of China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren:

• Travel safe packaging
• Brush doesn’t absorb that much excess product
• Colour will suit all skin tones
• Matte black brush handle
• Large quantity provided
• Stays for over a week on my nails with only minor tip wear that begins on the third day
• No major chipping
• All China Glaze colours are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

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Cons of China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren:

• Takes atleast 10 minutes to set completely
• Marked up prices in India
• Needs atleast 2 coats to be perfectly opaque

Would I repurchase?

Nah! I have seen better brushes now.

Would I recommend it to friends?


IMBB Rating: 3/5

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10 thoughts on “China Glaze Nail Polish in City Siren Review

  1. It’s the perfect red nail paint! I bought one recently from maybelline colorshow and it turned out to be such a weird red in me, i dint like it! You have lovely nails! Also i am curious what all did you order from US? My friend is visiting California in Feb and am trying to make a list, would love to get some help from you. 🙂

    1. It is pretty perfect but also very common. You can think of the red coral from Lakme Color Crush.
      But that set aside, I ordered over 40 nail paints from and they delivered all my products fast. Only one China Glaze fast dry’s spray was damaged. *clap* *cry*

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